MUSIC FROM COPLAND HOUSE is the acclaimed resident ensemble at Aaron Copland's National Historic Landmark, now restored as a unique creative center for American music. Since its triumphant New York debut as the Opening Night of Merkin Hall's 1999-2000 season, Music from Copland House has come to occupy a special place on the U.S. musical scene as perhaps this country's only American repertory ensemble. Provocatively uniting past and present, American and non-American, the ensemble ranges widely through 150 years of our nation's rich musical legacy, and “has become our paramount keeper of Copland's flame." (American Record Guide).
Hailed by The New York Times for performances that are "all exuberance and bright sunshine," MCH has been engaged by some of America's foremost concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, Columbia University's Miller Theatre, and the Caramoor International, Cape Cod, Cooperstown, and Bard Music Festivals. The ensemble has also appeared at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, the Universities of Louisville, Buffalo, and South Carolina, and Brandeis and Auburn Universities, made its debut appearances in Mexico, and collaborated with the European Broadcasting Union and National Public Radio on a special production aired in over 20 European countries showcasing American works. MCH is regularly featured on Copland House's popular mainstage concert series at the historic Merestead estate just north of New York City.
MCH has commissioned Chen Yi, Richard Danielpour, Tamar Muskal, Pierre Jalbert, Derek Bermel, and Sebastian Currier, whose Copland House work, Static, won the highly-coveted Grawemeyer Award for Musical Composition in 2007. Following widely-praised CDs on Arabesque (the first complete cycle of Copland's chamber music) and Koch International (respectively devoted to music by Currier and John Musto), the ensemble has a growing discography on the new Copland House Blend label. Inspired by Copland's peerless, lifelong advocacy of American composers, the ensemble also offers children's programs, master classes, lectures, residencies, and workshops, and other educational and community outreach activities.
MCH's exceptional Founding Artists are widely admired for their instrumental command and musical insights in works both old and new: clarinetist-composer Derek Bermel, pianist and Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin, flutist-conductor Paul Lustig Dunkel, violinist Nicholas Kitchen (of the Borromeo String Quartet), and cellist Wilhelmina Smith (of The Mannes Trio and the Variation string trio). They are often joined by an outstanding roster of award-winning Principal and Guest Artists, including violinists Tim Fain, Curtis Macomber, Jesse Mills, and Harumi Rhodes, violists Danielle Farina, and Kathryn Lockwood; cellists Alexis Pia Gerlach, Edward Arron, James Wilson, and Nicholas Canellakis; pianists John Musto, Michael Barrett, and Blair McMillen; flutist Linda Chesis; clarinetists Carol McGonnell and Moran Katz; sopranos Amy Burton, Lauren Flanigan, and Julia Bullock; baritones William Sharp, James Martin, and Philip Cutlip; and many others.